At the young age of 22, Christian Koenigsegg launched a car company and set about creating his version of the ultimate car.
Back then, to create the first working prototype, the carmaker sketched the technical layout of the car himself and, working alongside his small team, hand-modeled all components for the vehicle. The prototype was completed in 1996 – just two years after the project began – and the Koenigsegg CC featured a unique carbon fiber body with a detachable roof.
Koenigsegg took the CC prototype to the Cannes Film Festival a year later, and the reaction to the car was immediate and positive. From that first rollout, the international contacts were established and the car had made the next steps towards commercial production.
Now model car maker Area71 has built their own version Koenigsegg’s dream car – the CCX. The first batch of 1:32-scale Koenigsegg CCXs are on the market now, and the man behind them, Marco Rizzi, leads a team of Italian designers and technicians to create this, what they say is the first in a line of ground-breaking, limited edition scale model kits.
Koenigsegg CCX is 3D printed, and while a number of 3D printed tuning components and upgrade chassis kits are available, the Area71 Koenigsegg CCX is said by the makers to be the first completely 3D printed chassis and body kit available on the market.
Rather than using FDM and ABS, the parts were created of a special, nylon-based powder and then printed in-house at the Area71 on SLS-based printers. They say the advantages of nylon over ABS include a melting temperature of 135°C rather than 88°C, a 15% lower part density, higher impact resistance and improved flexibility and stiffness.
The builders say that using post processing to eliminate building lines and surface porosity means only minimal prep work is required prior to painting.
The Area71 say the car will be manufactured in limited runs of just 300 units – 150 units each with a SW/IL Slot.it-compatible chassis, and 150 units each with an AW NSR-compatible chassis – and that every body and chassis will be individually numbered. The cost of the kits is €79 plus shipping per kit, and the company says they’ll be available via mail order this week, as Slots in the City has been chosen as the distributor for Germany and the Netherlands. You can also purchase the cars from slotsinthecity.com — with any questions or order, just drop them an email at email@example.com.
And that’s not the end of the story. The Area71 say they also plan to release cars such as the AMG Vision, the Ferrari 288GTO and the Porsche 901 concept.
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